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Paul Crane

Department Maritime Qualified England and Wales 1999 Education (University) Oxford University, BA in Physics, College of Law, London

Paul Crane

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Paul has a ‘dry’ maritime practice, consisting predominantly of P&I and defence matters. He receives instructions from owners, charterers and cargo interests together with their respective insurers.

Paul’s experience covers a full range of maritime and insurance disputes, involving arbitration, mediation and commercial litigation at the highest appellate level.

He has extensive experience in dealing with disputes arising in respect of bills of lading and other contracts of carriage, as well as charterparty recoveries. Paul has developed particular expertise in handling containerised cargo claims and liquid cargo contamination claims involving complex technical issues.

Legal directory quotes 

PAUL HAS A GREAT OVERVIEW ON COMPLICATED TANKER MATTERS AND HIS CHEMICAL KNOWLEDGE IS A GREAT ADVANTAGE”

-THE LEGAL 500 UNITED KINGDOM, 2020

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MY FOCUS IS ON SOLVING MY CLIENTS’ PROBLEMS IN THE WAY THAT WORKS FOR THEM, WHILE LEAVING NO STONE UNTURNED IN PROTECTING THEIR INTERESTS.”

What you may not know about Paul

Paul is a former martial artist who now spends his spare time competing in archery.  He is a long term follower of Northampton Saints Rugby Club, and follows them around Europe when he can.

Matter highlights

  • Acting for Maersk Line in a case concerning package limitation in the context of the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules and the application of those rules: Kyokuyo Co Ltd v A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S (The “MAERSK TANGIER”)  [2017] EWHC 654 (Comm), [2018] EWCA Civ 778

  • Carlos Soto Sau & anor v AP Møller-Maersk AS (The “SFL HAWK”) [2015] EWHC 458 (Comm) (02 March 2015)

  • Acting for the successful charterers in a matter concerning the time bar of claims for the purpose of the Inter Club Agreement 1996: M.H. Progress Lines SA v Orient Shipping Rotterdam BV & Ors (The “GENIUS STAR 1”) [2011] EWHC 3083 (Comm) (28 November 2011)

  • Acting for the owners in a case concerning the application of the Hague-Visby Rules to the carriage of deck cargo and the exclusion of liability for negligence: Onego Shipping & Chartering BV V JSC Arcadia Shipping (The “SOCOL 3”) [2010] EWHC 777 (Comm)

  • Agile Holdings Corporation v Essar Shipping Ltd (The "MARIA") [2018] EWHC 1055 (Comm)

  • The "ACHILLEAS" (HL) [2008] UKHL 48; [2008] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 275

My recent publications

Insights / Misleading impression as to identity of carrier justifies time extension for misdelivery claim

29-07-2020 / Maritime

The Court has granted a time extension for commencing arbitration proceedings in a misdelivery claim in circumstances in which the correspondence between the Claimant and the ship interests’ lawyers resulted in a misleading impression as to the true identity of the carrier under the bills of lading.

Misleading impression as to identity of carrier justifies time extension for misdelivery claim

Insights / The dangers of overlooking a bareboat charter in the charterparty chain

13-07-2020 / Maritime

This decision provides guidance on the circumstances in which the Court will grant a retrospective extension of time for commencing arbitration proceedings.

The dangers of overlooking a bareboat charter in the charterparty chain